Griffith inamorata Carol Dempstergot her first starring part
under the Master's direction in this SouthSeamelodrama, second of
a pair DWG made on that exotic location. He puts over lovely enough effects to make us wistful for what a camera neg would yield, but alas, William
K. Everson wrote of its demise many decades back. Stuff like The Love Flower laid bread-butter for more ambitious projects Griffith sought, his
next being Way Down East. Maybe$438Kworldwide rentals from The Love
Flower made possible Lillian Gish's ice flow ride. An
island hopping chase is Love Flower focus, Dempster's dad on the run for murder with Javert-like
Anders Randolf in pursuit, this making for hoke spread thin across tropic water, but
there's Dick Barthelmessin sailing cap and breeches to lend romantic assist.
Dempster swims underwater as Griffith's
camera looks appreciatively on, and there's startling evidence upon drenched emergence of what DWG saw in her. I like the transition from childish
bird-kiss stuff CD does in a first reel to initiative, near-murderous at times,
she demonstrates as the picture goes into an improved second half. The Love Flower is "minor" Griffith,
to be sure, but without pretense, then or now, to be anything more. Someone
slipped me a homemade DVD of this and I was surprised to see how clean it
looked. Why isn't The Love Flower on a major DVD label?